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Review: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (Author/Narrator)

Summary from Goodreads:

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.


What I Liked:

Audiobook. Elizabeth Acevedo narrates her own novel and does it extremely well. I found myself emotional swept up in the story and constantly wanting to listen to it. I will be listening to Poet X as soon as possible.

Writing Style. Elizabeth Acevedo has such beautiful and poetic writing style. I’m looking forward to more novels from Acevedo. It does not have to be YA Contemporary I will read anything she creates.

Food Imagery. This goes along with writing style because I found myself constantly hungry listening to the beautiful descriptions of food.

Characters. Acevedo wrote a great main character with a strong voice. And she crafted great side characters.

Tears. I spilled some tears while listening to the audiobook and that made it an automatic 5 star read for me!

I recommend checking out this well-written YA Contemporary!


5 Stars Out of 5 Stars


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3 thoughts on “Review: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (Author/Narrator)

  1. Ahh yes, you should definitely listen to The Poet X by the same author/narrator! I did & it was amazing since the author is a slam poet and knows how to recite to her words. Since I’m a food lover, I feel like this book will make me really hungry too, but honestly, I think it’ll be word the amazing food descriptions. I should definitely check out this book, especially after enjoying the author’s debut novel. Great review !

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